Schedule Your Family Vacation As One of Your 2009 Goals

from Rhea Perry 

Ah, once again it’s time to set goals to make 2009 even better than 2008. If you haven’t set goals, this year could turn out to be a nightmare instead of your dream-come-true.

One of the first things I always encourage our Proteges and others to schedule on the annual calendar is their family vacation. Most families I know who have a home business, haven’t taken a vacation since they started it. What does that tell the children? What does that tell their clients? Does that really make them feel “successful”?

Success embodies more than just a nice paycheck; it mainly affects your lifestyle. If you’re making all the money you want but are so tied to your business that you can’t leave it for a week, you may need to analyze your structure. After all, you started a home business to get out of a rut, not to create a new rut at home.

If we are training our children to be entrepreneurs who lead their society in business, education, government, entertainment, sports or religion, they’ve got to have the right mindset. And that means balancing all parts of vocation and avocation. We have a duty to teach it to them by example.

H. A. Ironside, who lived from 1876-1951, said, “If lips and life do not agree, the testimony will not amount to much.” So taking at least one family vacation every year not only gives you a break and let’s you enjoy some of that success, but it lets the kids know you really can afford to spend money on them.

“Resting” is the other side of the “working” coin. If you don’t rest regularly, you soon won’t be able to work. After having 10 babies, a home business, and still educating my last 4 kids at home, why do you think this has become so important to me?

Life is a marathon, not a sprint. If you don’t pace yourself and reward yourself along the way, you’ll soon crash and burn. Not good.

So promise me AND yourself that you will at least TRY to schedule one family vacation, even if it is only for one weekend, into your overly-busy schedule this year. And if your schedule is soooo jam-packed that even one weekend won’t fit, consider changing something serious, like your job. Something is out of balance. Okay, so there. I said it.

If you want to have not only a successful business, but also a successful family, make sure you schedule great vacations at least once a year. Your kids may need the break more than you!

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